Our friends Thea Tenenbaum and Raffaele Malferrari have for many years been well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. Since Thea’s sad passing, Raffaele and their daughter Gelsie have been working together in the studio to continue the family’s tradition.
Majolica is a process requiring multiple firings and great skill with the paintbrush. Their exquisitely detailed mugs depicting local animals, birds and insects will be treasured by anyone lucky enough to receive them, as will their pairs of bee-motif candleholders (made to fit the hand-dipped Niwot Honey Farm beeswax tapers). And we still have a few of Thea’s whimsical dessert bowls.